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Delgado R.,Research Center sarrollo Of Medicamentos | Garrido G.,Catolica del Norte University
Cell Proliferation | Year: 2014

Objectives: Mangifera indica L. (mango) stem bark aqueous extract (MSBE) that has antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and immunomodulatory properties, can be obtained in Cuba. It is rich in polyphenols, where mangiferin is the main component. In this study, we have tested DNA damage and protection effects of MSBE and mangiferin on primary human lymphocytes and lymphoblastoid cells. Material and methods: Cell suspensions were incubated with the products (50-1000 μg/ml) for experiments on damage induction, and evaluation of any potential protective effects (5-100 μg/ml) for 60 min at 37 °C. Irradiation was performed using a γ-ray source, absorbed dose 5 Gy. At the end of exposure, DNA damage, protection and repair processes were evaluated using the comet assay. Results: MSBE (100-1000 μg/ml) induced DNA damage in a concentration dependent manner in both cell types tested, primary cells being more sensitive. Mangiferin (200 μg/ml) only induced light DNA damage at higher concentrations. DNA repair capacity was not affected after MSBE or mangiferin exposure. On the other hand, MSBE (25 and 50 μg/ml) and mangiferin (5-25 ug/ml) protected against gamma radiation-induced DNA damage. Conclusions: These results show MSBE has protector or harmful effects on DNA in vitro depending on the experimental conditions, which suggest that the extract could be acting as an antioxidant or pro-oxidant product. Mangiferin was involved in protective effects of the extract. © 2013 John Wiley & Sons Ltd. Source


A descriptive study over March-June, 2010 was conducted to assess the knowledges and practices associated with the copyright of information professionals from institutes and research centers of the health network of La Habana. A questionnaire was administered to the professionals from 12 institutes and research centers. A focal group and an interview were made. The authors identified the knowledges on terms, relationships and implications of the copyright, as well as the correspondence among their knowledges and professional practices in the processes of development of collections, products designs, services provision and the information teaching. As main study results stood out the low level of professional's knowledges on terms, contents and copyright legislations, the implementation of some very frequent notions during the information teaching and the development of collections, as well as the recognition by involved in the study of their weakness and the need of overcoming of the same. Source


Nunez-Figueredo Y.,Research Center sarrollo Of Medicamentos | Ramirez-Sanchez J.,Research Center sarrollo Of Medicamentos | Delgado-Hernandez R.,Research Center sarrollo Of Medicamentos | Porto-Verdecia M.,Research Center sarrollo Of Medicamentos | And 9 more authors.
European Journal of Pharmacology | Year: 2014

The ischemic stroke cascade is composed of several pathophysiological events, providing multiple targets for pharmacological intervention. JM-20 (3-ethoxycarbonyl-2-methyl-4-(2-nitrophenyl)-4,11-dihydro-1H-pyrido[2,3-b][1,5] benzodiazepine) is a novel hybrid molecule, in which a benzodiazepine portion is covalently linked to a dihydropyridine ring, forming a new chemical entity with potential multisite neuroprotective activity. In the present study, JM-20 prevented PC-12 cell death induced either by glutamate, hydrogen peroxide or KCN-mediated chemical hypoxia. This molecule also protected cerebellar granule neurons from glutamate or glutamate plus pentylenetetrazole-induced damage at very low micromolar concentrations. In rat liver mitochondria, JM-20, at low micromolar concentrations, prevented the Ca2+-induced mitochondrial permeability transition, as assessed by mitochondrial swelling, membrane potential dissipation and organelle release of the pro-apoptotic protein cytochrome c. JM-20 also inhibited the mitochondrial hydrolytic activity of F1F0-ATP synthase and Ca2+ influx. Therefore, JM-20 may be a multi-target neuroprotective agent, promoting reductions in neuronal excitotoxic injury and the protection of the mitochondria from Ca 2+-induced impairment as well as the preservation of cellular energy balance. © 2014 Elsevier B.V. Source


Nunez-Figueredo Y.,Research Center sarrollo Of Medicamentos | Pardo-Andreu G.L.,University of Habana | Ramirez-Sanchez J.,Research Center sarrollo Of Medicamentos | Delgado-Hernandez R.,Research Center sarrollo Of Medicamentos | And 6 more authors.
Brain Research Bulletin | Year: 2014

Because mitochondrial oxidative stress and impairment are important mediators of neuronal damage in neurodegenerative diseases and in brain ischemia/reperfusion, in the present study, we evaluated the antioxidant and mitoprotective effect of a new promising neuroprotective molecule, JM-20, in mitochondria and synaptosomes isolated from rat brains. JM-20 inhibited succinate-mediated H2O2 generation in both mitochondria and synaptosomes incubated in depolarized (high K+) medium at extremely low micromolar concentration and with identical IC50 values of 0.91μM. JM-20 also repressed glucose-induced H2O2 generation stimulated by rotenone or by antimycin A in synaptosomes incubated in high sodium-polarized medium at extremely low IC50 values of 0.395μM and 2.452μM, respectively. JM-20 was unable to react directly with H2O2 or with superoxide anion radicals but displayed a cathodic reduction peak at -0.71V, which is close to that of oxygen (-0.8V), indicating high electron affinity. JM-20 also inhibited uncoupled respiration in mitochondria or synaptosomes and was a more effective inhibitor in the presence of the respiratory substrates glutamate/malate than in the presence of succinate. JM-20 also prevented Ca2+-induced mitochondrial permeability transition pore opening, membrane potential dissipation and cytochrome c release, which are key pathogenic events during stroke. This molecule also prevented Ca2+ influx into synaptosomes and mitochondria; the former effect was a consequence of the latter because JM-20 inhibition followed the patterns of carbonyl cyanide p-trifluoromethoxyphenyl hydrazone (FCCP), which is a classic mitochondrial uncoupler. Because the mitochondrion is considered an important source and target of neuronal cell death signaling after an ischemic insult, the antioxidant and protective effects of JM-20 against the deleterious effects of Ca2+ observed at the mitochondrial level in this study may endow this molecule with the ability to succeed in mitochondrion-targeted strategies to combat ischemic brain damage. © 2014 Elsevier Inc.. Source


Garrido-Suarez B.B.,Research Center sarrollo Of Medicamentos | Garrido G.,Catolica del Norte University | Castro-Labrada M.,Research Center sarrollo Of Medicamentos | Merino N.,Research Center sarrollo Of Medicamentos | And 4 more authors.
Pharmacology Biochemistry and Behavior | Year: 2014

The present study examines the possible effect of the glucosylxanthone mangiferin (MG) on pain-related behaviors in a tonic acute pain model (formalin test at 5%) and in a chronic constriction injury (CCI) model to clarify the underlying transient and long-term mechanisms. Acute administration of MG (10-100 mg/kg, i.p.) reduced licking/biting exclusivity in the tonic phase of formalin test in a naloxone and yohimbine-sensitive manner. This effect was enhanced by a nonselective nitric oxide synthase (NOS) inhibitor (NG-monomethyl-l-arginine) and by a non-competitive N-methyl-d-aspartate (NMDA) antagonist (ketamine), but it was reversed by the NOS substrate (l-arginine). Pre-treatment with intrathecal yohimbine prevented the anti-hypernociceptive effect of systemic MG. Pre-treatment during 4 days before surgical and 3 days after CCI with MG (50 mg/kg, i.p.) reduced mechanical hypernociception and decreased the signs of Wallerian degeneration (WD) of the sciatic nerve. MG improved the PC-12 cellular viability exposure to glutamate-mediated neuronal death, also involved in neuropathic pain. The findings of this study suggest that MG shows ability to decrease tonic pain in the formalin test. A transient activity of this xanthone on nociceptive pathways mediated by α2 adrenergic receptors in cooperation with the opioid system could be involved, at least in part, in this effect. Its neuroprotective effect by preventing WD in mononeuropathic rats could be implicated in the mechano-antihypernociceptive long term mechanisms. © 2014 Elsevier Inc. Source

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